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Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 7:00pm
Piedmont Theatre
4186 Piedmont Ave
Oakland  CA  94611
United States


Co-presented by Gender Spectrum, fiveTEN Oakland Events, APEBHayward Unified School District, & Oakland Unified School District

*Post-show discussion about gender expansive and transgender youth with Program Coordinator Mere Abrams of Gender Spectrum*

There is never enough time to see the over 100 short films that screen at the Festival each and every June. Join us for this special encore presentation of Festival favorites, now curated together for a new program entitled Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front. These four short documentaries explore the varied identities of brave trans and gender expansive youth and young adults. Frameline will also host a discussion after the program about gender expansive and transgender youth. Films are appropriate for all ages.


Youth In Motion is made possible through the generous support of: The Bob Ross Foundation and an Anonymous Donor

Additional Support provided by: Bloomberg Philanthropies & The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


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In Jeremy Asher Lynch’s Tomgirl we meet Jake, a confident and lovable gender expansive seven-year-old who invites us into his world of hockey playing and skirt wearing to explore the transformative power of love and support from adults. Next, experience the true story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to become the leader of her school’s boys-only hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her in A Place in the Middle. This film is a shorter version of the Frameline38 award-winning film Kumu Hina. Monica’s Story traces the journey of resilience and self-acceptance of Monica Rose, a strong young transwoman of color. Despite being rejected by her church and family, Monica sought out support from professionals in the LGTBQ community and today is a proud, confident person with a bright future. Finally Passing profiles the lives of three young transmen of color. This short doc explores what life is like living as a black man, when no one knows you are transgender, and how each man perceives his own journey with gender after many years of being presumed as a cisgender man.


TRT: 71 minutes

Tomgirl, Jeremy Asher Lynch, 14 minutes

A Place in the Middle, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, 24 minutes

Monica’s Story, Glenn Holsten, 11 minutes

Passing, J. Mitchel Reed, Lucah Rosenberg-Lee, 22 minutes